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The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world

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    • 4.6 • 47 Ratings

The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world

    Ron Howard

    Ron Howard

    With Antonia Quirke.

    Ron Howard talks about the challenges of making films about real people, and what it was like to act opposite John Wayne and discovering the secret of his famously laconic acting style.

    Film-maker Carol Morley makes the case for Muriel Box, Britain's most prolific female director and arguably most neglected.

    Artist and film-maker Andrew Kotting has to leave his studio after working there for 15 years. In that time, he has amassed a treasure trove of film props, paintings, costumes and memorabilia. It's not just going to be a huge removal job but a trawl through memories of films, friends, family and the departed.

    • 27 min
    Sarah Gavron

    Sarah Gavron

    With Francine Stock

    In this month's edition of Moving Image, director Sarah Gavron talks about the unlikely film that influenced Rocks, her realistic drama about the life of a teenager in East London. The film is After Life, a Japanese fantasy about the recently deceased having to choose a memory that will be re-enacted and filmed, which they then can take to the afterlife with them. Gavron explains why Hirokazu Koreeda's award-winning movie is a source of constant inspiration.

    • 27 min
    Being A Human Person

    Being A Human Person

    With Antonia Quirke.

    When Fred Scott began his documentary on the making of Roy Andersson's About Endlessness, he had no idea about the drama behind the scenes that he was about to uncover.

    When Marion Stokes died, she left behind 70,000 VHS tapes of American television that she'd been recording 24 hours a day for 30 years. Director Matt Wolf describes the long and arduous process of sifting through those tapes to make his documentary Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

    Cathy Schulman, the Oscar winning producer of Crash, reveals what life was like in Hollywood before and after the pandemic struck.

    • 27 min
    A Bout De Souffle

    A Bout De Souffle

    With Antonia Quirke.

    Steve James, the director of Hoop Dreams, looks back at his ground-breaking documentary about the lives of two African-American teenagers as they try to realise their dreams of becoming professional basketball players.

    To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of Jean Luc Godard's A Bout De Souffle, Antonia rifles through the Film Programme archives to hear from some of the directors who have been influenced by this Nouvelle Vague masterpiece - Bernardo Bertolucci, Agnes Varda, Mike Hodges and Claire Denis.

    As his cinema is forced to shut down for a second time this year, Kevin Markwick, the owner of The Uckfield Picture House, reflects on his next move to save the family business.

    Nat Segnit continues his series on Scene Stealers with the tale of Fred Dalton Thompson, a Republican senator and sometime Hollywood actor.

    • 27 min
    Shirley

    Shirley

    With Antonia Quirke

    Antonia continues her look at women and horror with directors Josephine Decker and Natalie Erika James. Relic was inspired by Natalie's experience of looking after her grandmother who had been diagnosed with dementia. Shirley is the story of Shirley Jackson, the author of The Haunting Of Hill House, but is not a conventional bio-pic, instead it treats an episode in her life as if it was the subject of one of her own Gothic novels.

    Writer Nat Segnit starts a new series on Scene Stealers, the memorable bit-part actors whose faces you recognise but whose names you can't quite remember. Nat's first subject is The Godfather alumnus and former oil baron, G.D. Spradlin.

    • 27 min
    Romola Garai

    Romola Garai

    With Antonia Quirke.

    This month sees the release of six horror movies directed by women. And there are many more in production and waiting release. One of them is Amulet, directed by Romola Garai. Last year, Antonia visited her on set and found out why she wanted to make her directorial debut with a horror movie.

    As filming starts again in Britain and America, Antonia talks to two producers, Charles Collier and Matt Kaplan, about what it's like to film in the middle of a global pandemic.

    The classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers is released in cinemas again, and Antonia talks to fellow fan Matthew Sweet and hears from one of the film's stars, Herbert Lom, from the Film Programme archive.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Tom Morkes ,

great show

Really interesting show. Love the topics they cover and the insightful perspectives

Marco Polo Mint ,

Some good topics and film journalism

I’ve been listening to this for years. Francine Stock the presenter is seasoned and a great interviewer. It’s a small show with quite some pull, getting big name interviewees from film promotion junkets. Scorsese and Schoonmaker for example, but also smaller indie filmmakers and directors. There are features in costume, production design, Foley artists, and a strong concentration of stories from the British film industry. Whereas press junkets often involve rote responses to standard questions, the interviewers here ask more provocative questions. Critics also turn up regularly, and one of my favorite features is when a rerelease of an older film can be revisited and re-evaluated. Not always interesting, but there’s usually a segment that should interest everyone.

CPK80 ,

Effing Orange!

All Right Merchant!

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